About the Five Point Movement – Greco-Roman Wrestling – Five Point Movement


Five-point displacement is the only independent digital media platform in the United States, if not the world, devoted strictly to the Greco-Roman wrestling. There are other websites in America that feature a wrestling style, with most of these outlets focusing their coverage on college folk style (or owned directly by colleges and universities). But at the present time, there is no other medium in the United States where an international style of wrestling takes center stage, and there is certainly no one that features only Greco wrestling. -romaine. In this direction, Five-point displacement (or 5 p.m.) is a truly unique endeavor.

The next natural question is often Why only Greco-Roman? The answer is simple: because it is necessary.

Greco-Roman wrestling in the United States has long been seen as an afterthought. There are several reasons for this.

The root problem

The first and most obvious is due to the country’s folk school system. The overwhelming majority of young people interested in learning wrestling are introduced to the folk style first, as it is the only style offered in children’s clubs and municipal recreation programs. And since many parents, especially fathers, only practiced and competed in the folk style, this is the discipline they feel most comfortable encouraging their children to pursue. Another factor is college. Whether it’s the NCAA, NAIA or NCWA, all collegiate men’s wrestling programs in the United States offer only the folk style. Therefore, if a boy wishes to continue wrestling at an NCAA accredited institution after high school, there is only one option to consider.

Women have a little better. Girls wrestling in college compete in freestyle. Greco is not yet available for women at the Olympic level, although it is hoped that eventually that will change.

Due to this systemic failure on the part of the US national governing body as well as state federations and collegiate sanctioning organizations across the country, the success of the folk style is celebrated so much, and in some cases even more, than the success achieved at the international level. In addition, folk tournaments are now held 12 months a year, further eclipsing participation in Greco-Roman. Freestyle does not suffer the same consequences as its first cousin who grabs the legs thanks to their similarities, and the United States has proven this on the world and Olympic stage throughout history.

The main problem is that while the fight could be the fight, Greco-Roman wrestling demands stance variations, selected skills, and brutal physical punishments that contrast starkly with the wrestling styles most American athletes are familiar with, making it more difficult for those interested in it to grasp. at an older age. Too bad, because in its purest form, Greco-Roman is the most exciting and artistic combat sports discipline on planet Earth (as well as the most popular).

Greco-Roman blanket

As you might expect, wrestling coverage in the United States leans heavily towards folkstyle and freestyle. It’s easy to see why. Folkstyle dominates schools, and the country’s freestyle program has (over the past few years) consistently proven to be one of the best in the world. America’s wrestling media, especially online, have a vested interest in providing content that reflects the relative needs and wants of their audiences. Like all other banner clicks and traffic funnel-driven websites, they need to provide their users with material that promises a high return on investment (return on investment) for advertisers.

Make no mistake: No matter what members of the media say, whether in their field or on social media, they have no intention of promoting or “developing” the fight. They intend to be good at their job and develop their platforms, but it has to happen. Since wrestling is the topic, this is what content producers want to push and they will do what they can to find creative ways to engage their audience for it.

Certainly the wrestling media in the United States tends to offer Greco-Roman coverage when needed, and not out of a legitimate desire to help Greco gain traction with what has been a general uneducated wrestling audience. and often selfless. When an American Greco-Roman athlete performs well internationally, or when there is a major national event that cannot be ignored, coverage increases. The media are now jumping on board because they have to show their audiences that they can be anything to everyone. And sometimes out of nowhere will come an article or biography about an athlete.

We like it. We want this. We’ll explain why in a moment.

But suffice it to say that an inherent lack of love can be detected by mainstream wrestling media whenever they are forced to offer Greco-Roman coverage. Passion is lacking, as is curiosity, respect and understanding about exactly why and what drives an American athlete to chase after elite international success in a sport that is being sidelined by the same country he is. honored to represent.

American Greco-Roman athletes are special

The Greco-Roman athletes of the United States are not like other wrestlers. In fact, a substantial argument could be made that a USA Greco athlete is the only one of his kind in the world.

In numerous country, Greco-Roman wrestling is the most popular – and most important – style of wrestling available. National programs take great pride and effort into ensuring that their wrestlers are sufficiently skilled and experienced in the ways of Greco competition from a young age. The success of their athletes is hailed. World medalists and Olympic champions in other places enjoy national fame. Many of them are taken care of for the rest of their lives.

A Greco-Roman athlete from the United States, especially at the senior / Olympic level, is a skilled and motivated professional who dares to watch the crackling fire that awaits elite international events. What it is not is sufficiently recognized. The United States had Greek champions on the Olympic and world stages, that’s right. And a few of them were able, even briefly, to transform into stars recognized by casual fans. Unfortunately, these examples are rare. While inconsistent performance results play a role in the lower profile of Greek athletes, they are also not being helped as they should be by both the national governing body and the wrestling media as a whole.

This is about to change. The old ways of doing things are coming to an end.

Our mission for the Greco-Roman struggle

Five-point displacement has one stated primary goal: to increase the exposure of Greco-Roman American athletes and, by extension, the sport itself. The first step in accomplishing this mission can be seen in our content. Readers will notice that there is a strong presence of interviews and various other pieces in Q&A format. The reason we rely on interviews and direct dialogue is that the best way for readers to find out more about athletes is to go straight to the source. We want to tell the stories of the athletes – and we do it through profiles and articles. But we also want you absorb material and glean insights directly from wrestlers in the hope that a deeper and more intimate connection is made. We are convinced that this mechanic offers the clearest path for oblivious readers to turn into fans.

As mentioned above, the ultimate goal of 5 pm is to increase athlete exposure. While those associated with 5PM work passionately to bring you relevant and enjoyable Greco content and will always continue to do so, we see this as a great victory whenever other areas venture outside the norm and cover American athletes. To put it plainly, our job is to write and talk about Greco on a daily basis with the aim of educating and raising awareness. If the result of our coverage is that Greco-Roman athletes receive more attention from those we consider to be part of the mainstream wrestling media, then that too is part of the goal.

In other words, whatever we can do to get the word out and showcase the Greco-Roman United States, we will. In the first two and a half years since the official 5pm launch, many reporters and media outlets have come to us for help, whether it’s providing athlete bios, references or stories. Anytime we are contacted by another area because they would like to know more about the athletes, we are more than happy to help.

What you get with 5 p.m.

You can expect to find event details, training resources, and updated results regarding the U.S. Greco-Roman Wrestling Program as well as information on other nations around the world. We are continually interested in providing readers with a more in-depth look at what wrestlers, coaches and other athletes go through in training and competition. The stories behind the results, the struggles Greco athletes face at all levels and the satisfaction of breaking through obstacles to achieve the thrill of competition. A Greco-Roman wrestling match is made up of many unique elements. There is just a little bit of information that cannot be absorbed by just watching match highlights or reading tournament results. Sometimes it’s those shady stories waiting to be told that paint a clearer picture. We want to be able to bring different perspectives that not only inform, but also inspire.

You are why we are here

From its conception, 5PM set out to fill a void. The need for a platform all Greco has been identified beforehand. For far too long, those within the USA Greco community have wanted and wanted more coverage. To be fair, many “regular” wrestling fans felt the same (little-known fact: the “regular” audience actually makes up the majority of the 5 pm audience!). During the developmental stages of Five-point displacement, before we were live and available it was about knowing we were going to be able to serve those both inside and outside of sport who provided constant inspiration.

So it’s not just for athletes, coaches or even the Greco-Roman sport that we are in love with. It’s also for you.

You are why we are here. And we will never forget it.

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